Want evidence of just how physical the Eagles-Giants game was Sunday? Take a look at the injury report that coach

Andy Reid

gave yesterday. Seven players were on it.

Brian Westbrook has a bruised knee. Brian Dawkins has back spasms. Mike Patterson has a sprained ankle. Reggie Brown has swelling in a knee. Shawn Andrews has a strained MCL. Correll Buckhalter has "a pretty significant" concussion, Reid said.

And L.J. Smith has a cartilage tear in his ribs and an unspecified injury to his right knee.

"It was a very physical game, as you can tell by this sheet here that I just read off with injuries," Reid said of the Eagles' 16-13 loss to New York.

Andrews and Smith had MRI exams yesterday. Andrews should be "OK," Reid said. Smith could be another story.

Smith, who missed three games this season with a nagging sports hernia injury, left the Giants game in the first quarter with bruised ribs. He came back, but left for the rest of the game after getting crunched in the third quarter by Giants cornerback Aaron Ross and linebacker Antonio Pierce following his only catch of the day.

Of Smith's knee, Reid said: "We've just got to see how that goes as we go through this week. It's very sore and has limited motion there, but we'll see how he does."

The knee is, however, structurally sound.

Herremans benched

Left guard

Todd Herremans

did not play during the Eagles' first series Sunday because of unspecified disciplinary reasons, Reid confirmed yesterday.

"That's in-house business that we needed to take care of," Reid said.

Asked whether that business had been taken care of, Reid said, "Yeah, it's all taken care of."

Nick Cole started in his place.

- Ashley Fox